ITE East students label internships at SMEs as valuable, ‘sneak peek’ into real working world
More schools are giving its students a boost in their careers by encouraging them to participate in internship programmes prior to graduation. For ITE East College, students in the School of Electronics and InfoComms Technology found the process for applying for internships as “simple and not tedious at all” – proof that the school is indeed committed to producing industry-adaptive and employable graduates.
While these students were assigned their internships, many of them were curious about working in an SME and in the end, found that they now have an advantage over their peers.
“Throughout the internship, I was exposed to a lot of IT-based work by my supervisor which I'm grateful for. Now I know what job roles I can expect when it comes to working in the Infocomms industry. In fact, this has also improved my understanding and grades in school,” said Lim Ching Siang who interned at Digimatic Solutions.
For Samuel Wong who had a stint in IoTalents, it was SMEs’ natural characteristic of being fast-paced and ever-changing that he found appealing. He shared, “The internship gave me insight on the real world challenges and problems that SMEs face and finding solutions to overcome these struggles.”
While most students were ready to simply apply the practical skills and knowledge acquired in school, many revealed that their expectations were surpassed having realised the internships were not just about their contributions to the organisation assigned, but rather a platform for them to explore new areas and skillsets within the industry.
“I was expecting the tasks during internship be similar to what I've learned in school, but it exceeded my expectations as I ended up learning more than I already have. It also spurred my interest in pursuing an Infocomms technology course in polytechnic,” said Lim Ching Siang.
In the end, these internship programmes give students the confidence to remain in the Infocomms industry. More importantly, they give students a thirst for more knowledge that help keep our workforce competitive and relevant.
Jiahui Lin who was an intern at HRM Labs shared, “Now that I have some basic knowledge of what the Infocomms industry is like, I can take up other courses to complement the skills I already have like coding and networking.”
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